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February 23, 2015
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Penn study explores breed-temperament connection
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Data from more than 80,000 dogs shed light on what an animal's breed means -- and doesn't mean. The results suggest variation is abundant and highly dependent on an animal's surroundings. "There is no other breed or species of animal with such a wide variety of appearance and behavior," says animal behaviorist James Serpell, who directs the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society. The study draws on owner reports through the center's C-BARQ database. PRI (2/23)
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700 dead in India's worst H1N1 outbreak since 2010
Since mid-December, over 700 people in India have died from H1N1 influenza infection, and the number of cases doubled in just one week. Officials are calling for calm, saying they have the situation under control, but some people are saying medicines aren't readily available. BBC (2/20)
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Report releases details of Kan. Bourbon virus infection
The details of the illness and death of the Kansas man who died of the novel Bourbon virus in 2014 have been reported in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The case involved severe, progressive illness that culminated in respiratory and cardiovascular collapse. The man noted tick bites several days before signs of illness occurred. Extensive testing identified a new virus. It's a member of the thogotoviruses, which are known to have caused only eight cases of human illness worldwide. USA Today (2/20), Medscape (free registration) (2/20)
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A New Choice for Testing FeLV-FIV
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Rescued lions get badly needed dental care
Peru does not permit the use of wild animals in circuses, but the practice continues, and some animals suffer with poor care and conditions. Rescued circus lions King and Simba underwent dental procedures to help address problems incurred during their circus days. Veterinary dentist Peter Emily, founder of the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation, anesthetized and helped address a fistula in King that occurred after a prior dental procedure. Simba had broken canine teeth. The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (2/20)
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Tips for overcoming public-speaking anxiety
Calm your nerves before a speech by controlling your breathing, particularly your exhales, writes Anett Grant, the president of a speaking-coaching company for executives. Find a rhythm by using short sentences, and develop a mental map of your key points, she writes. Fast Company online (2/20)
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Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

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States consider legalizing raw milk sales to gain oversight
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Thirty states allow raw milk and dairy product sales, and others are considering making sales of such products legal. The trend raises public health concerns, but some state leaders see legalization as a way of establishing standards and oversight for a market that might exist regardless. The number of outbreaks of illness tied to raw milk jumped to an average of 13 per year between 2007 and 2012, up from three per year in the decade-plus prior. Legalizing raw milk sales would likely include farm and equipment standards that many farmers would have a difficult time implementing. National Public Radio/The Salt blog/Tri States Public Radio (Macomb, Ill.) (2/20)
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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Legislation would help bring veterinarians to areas of need
A new Senate bill would exempt Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program awards from withholding taxes, currently 39 cents on the dollar. The legislation would support efforts to bring veterinarians to underserved areas, with a particular focus on caring for livestock. "As the veterinary profession has evolved, we have seen more veterinarians begin practicing in the cities, leaving many farmers and ranchers in rural areas in need of essential services for their livestock," said AVMA President Dr. Ted Cohn. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (2/23)
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How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
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Amphibians, reptiles and salmonella
Many people are aware that turtles and other reptiles can carry Salmonella bacteria, but not many know that amphibians can carry it, too. This doesn't mean amphibian and reptile owners should get rid of their pets. What it does mean is that amphibian and reptile handlers and owners should take precautions to protect themselves and their families. Read AVMA's tips on preventing Salmonella infections associated with amphibians and reptiles.
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